Hard Cover. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., 1889. 1st Edition. Very Good.
First edition of Yeats' first published book. Publisher's dark blue cloth lettered in gilt with publisher's stamp in blind to rear board, black endpapers. A very good copy with a clean interior, extremities lightly bumped, some light staining to front and rear boards, light wear to spine, hinges cracked and holding. In The Wanderings of Oisin, an Irish hero recounts the story of his travels through the faerie isles of Ireland, battling demons and giants with the help of his immortal companion, Niamh, until he accidentally breaks the spell that had been keeping him immortal and rapidly ages three hundred years. This epic poem is written in three parts, each in more complicated verse than the one before. The collection also includes 30 shorter poems. This book was Yeats's first work to be published outside of magazines and periodicals, and earned him the respect of the literary world as a serious poet.